An expository preaching principle championed in Simeon Trust is known as the “melodic line.” Just as pieces of music have a main theme or melodic idea that brings unity to them, so do books of the Bible. By recognizing a book’s melodic line, you can better grasp its message and how the different parts of the book contribute to it.
I’m preparing to preach through the book of Acts at our church (Cross of Christ Fellowship).
Here’s my stab at the melodic line:
“Acts is about the establishment and expansion of the kingdom of God on Earth through the church, as Christians—filled with the Holy Spirit and led by Jesus’ apostles—bear witness to Jesus and those called by God expressing a saving faith.”
How would you summarize the main idea of Acts? Would add something to this? Take something away? Simplify?